Made-to-Be Mid-Century

Builder: Steve Ward, Sun Construction
Architect: Josh Cooper, JCC Design Studio

This sharp 1950s-style rancher received an update and addition that imperceptibly blends with the original architecture and structure. Builder Steve Ward of Sun Construction put his detail-oriented passion for craftsmanship to work in this impressive remodel. Together with architect Josh Cooper, Ward gave this Eisenhower-era pad a vibrant facelift. 

By Katie Faulkner
Photography By Amy Jo Osborn
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Immaculate Lines

“The real challenge and accomplishment of this home was maintaining the straight lines. There is really no room for error, and no place to hide mistakes when you’re working toward such a clean look,” Ward explains. In the exterior corridor that runs the length of the addition, the evidence of sharp precision can be witnessed in the extra-large, custom-cut flagstone pavers. From the foundation up, impeccable technique was Ward’s and Cooper’s top priority. “We knew if we could pay respect to the original architect and construction of the home by maintaining that clean look, then we had done our job,” Cooper says. That precision paid off with a seamless transition from the original structure to the addition. “When someone tells me they can’t tell this home has been added on to, that is the best compliment to me,” says Ward.  See more from Sun Construction at

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The casually Art Deco dining room emphasizes the elegance of this home’s precise design. A vintage, leaf-cut Murano glass ceiling lamp takes center stage. Pearlescent walls and lustrous draperies add to the subtle glamour of this family gathering place, while a beautifully burled hickory sideboard hosts a cheerfully colored work of art. Tall, brass table lamps contrast the muted neutral wall color, adding interest and pulling gold tones from the vintage-inspired dining room table.

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This recently added formal living room is a testament to the authentic and clean design created in the new spaces. Large, corner-wrapping casement windows in stark straight lines work with raised ceilings to capture stunning river views. The abundant windows provide excellent natural light in this space. A gray chenille sectional teams up with leopard print cut velvet accent chairs and a cocktail ottoman to cultivate a mix between traditional mid-century shapes and modern prints. The “Charleston Gray” of the room subdues the more lively textures and patterns of the textiles. The unique limestone fireplace resides in a custom-crafted wall. Wall paneling in a unique design cleverly disguises the family room’s television while elevating the overall style. A custom cornice, one of the last installations in this room, hides the electric track system that the drapes are drawn by. “That was a tricky job, to make sure that piece went in and didn’t damage those customs drapes,” Ward laughs. The modish embroidery on the fil-coupé drapes nods toward the home’s era of origin. 

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Brazilian cherry hardwood floors shine throughout the home’s common spaces. In the kitchen, gray custom cabinetry is accentuated by the leather-finish granite countertops, and stainless appliances play off the rubbed brass hardware. Both elements are tied together by the mixed metallic tones of a pendant light above the island.

(above) “We wanted to make their everyday entrance from the garage into the main level of the house a more functional and beautiful walk. So, transitioning the space to include a butler’s pantry and mudroom was a great solution,” Ward says. The ample, sleek-front, soft gray cabinetry adds storage space, while straight-edge white counters and under-cabinet lights keep it looking fresh. Crisp, straight lines run the length of this long pantry and point toward expert craftsmanship.

Countertops: Stone Source Inc.  | Lighting and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson
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Near the kitchen, a sophisticated powder room boasts a vibrant Farrow & Ball wallpaper in a “hornbeam” print that features exquisitely detailed trees. Streamlined silver hardware echoes the entire home’s clean lines and sharp detail. The wall treatment amps up the drama, while shaded sconces and simple white furnishings keep the small space timeless.


Other Suppliers: Cabinetry: T&C Cabinets  | Custom trim carpentry: Adam Wimpee, Jeremy Bogle, Chris McCoy
Flooring: Kenworthy Hardwood Flooring  |  Floral arrangements and greenery: The Clay Pot
Paint: New Core LLC
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